HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE Apparel Collection to Bring Studio Ghibli Merch to Hot Topic in the U.S.

23.July.2022 | FASHION / MOVIE

HARAJUKU COLLECTION, a Studio Ghibli-inspired apparel collection by popular American counterculture chain Hot Topic, will be available in stores throughout the U.S. and Canada starting in August! These items will be available on the Hot Topic online store in Japan as well, and a limited-time pop-up shop is scheduled to open in Harajuku on August 10. This is the first time that one of Hot Topic’s apparel collections will be made available in Japan.

 

HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE, an Apparel Collection from Studio Ghibli and Hot Topic

Hot Topic has been popular in the states for years, with over 800 stores in America in 2022. Founded in 1988, the company is best known for selling apparel and goods inspired by popular music, games, movies, and anime. The new HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE collection brings the heart of Japanese culture to the chain, adding to the ongoing collaboration with the store and Studio Ghibli which began in 2014. Hot Topic stores will sell original items produced by nine Japanese creators and brands, as well as some original American items produced by Hot Topic’s executive designers. 

 
The lineup of Japan-original items includes T-shirts, tote bags, and other items featuring exclusive artwork by up-and-coming creators. These items depict beloved characters from Studio Ghibli’s works, as well as logos created for the collaboration. This will be the first time these creators will be releasing items inspired by the famed animation studio, so expect to find a new vision of Studio Ghibli’s world!

 

HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE Limited Time Pop-up Store to Open in Harajuku

To celebrate the collection’s release, a pop-up store will be opening in Harajuku for a limited time. Visitors will be able to see and purchase the available items while in this unique space, and more details will be released on the official HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE’s social media pages, so keep an eye out!

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    The Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli Exhibition finally opened on July 1, 2022 at Warehouse Terrada in Shinagawa, Tokyo. 

     

    First held at Kanda Myojin in 2019, the reception for the exhibition was incredible, and after popping up in Nagasaki and Kyoto, the newest Tokyo exhibition will be the first held in three years. It features significantly more exhibits and content, so Ghibli fans won’t want to miss it. 

     

    Toshio Suzuki, a producer at Studio Ghibli, has worked with both Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata on a number of beloved masterpieces. The exhibition will feature a large bookshelf housing 8,800 of Suzuki’s publications. Many of these were published before Suzuki joined Studio Ghibli, and guests are invited to see how the producer was inspired to join the legendary studio.

     

    This exhibition was realized after Suzuki himself proposed the idea of exhibiting his books for the first time following the 2019 event. The giant bookshelf containing 8,800 tomes was based on a brick-and-mortar store that once served as Suzuki’s ‘hideout.’

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    As a limited event, the Tokyo exhibition will also feature the Abura-ya Annex, a huge space that recreates the world of Spirited Away. Visitors can transform themselves into No-Face using AR or enjoy the Chilled Footbath after getting their fortunes told at the Yubaba and Zeniba Luck and Love Fortune Telling Corner. 

    8,800 of Toshio Suzuki’s Favorite Books

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    No-Face perches atop one of the many bookshelves at the exhibition, lost in a tome of his own. All 8,800 books were read by Suzuki, and all of them influenced the creator’s decision to join Studio Ghibli. The wallpaper was designed by William Morris, a favorite of the producer since his youth. Some of the books can be picked up and enjoyed, so be sure to flip through some of these inspiring pages!

     

    Rare materials and copy that led to many of the studio’s blockbuster hits are all on display, and visitors can trace the secret story behind the establishment of Studio Ghibli and how the company created everything from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind to their latest release Earwig and the Witch. Suzuki is known for his incredible scripts, such as the many lines he wrote for the title character in The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

     

    On June 30, an opening ceremony was held with Suzuki in attendance. “I’ve stored away so many items that have been important to me in my life, and while it can be somewhat embarrassing to have them on display, I’m glad that so many can appreciate them,” he said. “My dream was to collect all the books I’ve read over the past 70 years and display them in one room. I was so happy when I realized that we could fit all 8,800 books in one space. I hope as many people as possible come to enjoy the exhibition.” 

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    02.July.2022 | MOVIE / SPOT

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    Toshio Suzuki, a producer at Studio Ghibli, has worked with both Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata on a number of beloved masterpieces. The exhibition will feature a large bookshelf housing 8,800 of Suzuki’s publications and favorite tomes. Many of these were published before Suzuki joined Studio Ghibli, and guests are invited to see how the producer was inspired to join the legendary studio after working as an editor at a manga magazine. To commemorate the exhibition’s opening, this special suite is filled with books written by Suzuki along with other books that visitors may enjoy during their relaxing stay. 

     

    In the suite, guests will find a list of 106 books that influenced Suzuki the most. This list will be available to take home. Visitors will also find reproductions of Suzuki’s calligraphy. 

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    Ferris Wheel Cushion: ¥3,850 (Tax Included)

     

    This cushion also includes pockets for small stuffed animals!

     

    These new items were made in conjunction with the Netflix series Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure, scheduled to stream on Netflix worldwide starting August 25, 2022.

     

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    28.April.2022 | MOVIE / SPOT

    The Toshio Suzuki and Ghibli Exhibition opened at The Museum of Kyoto on April 23, 2022.

     

    Toshio Suzuki, a producer at Studio Ghibli, has worked with both Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata on a number of beloved masterpieces. The exhibition will feature a large bookshelf housing 8,800 of Suzuki’s publications. Many of these were published before Suzuki joined Studio Ghibli, and guests are invited to see how the producer was inspired to join the legendary studio after working as an editor at a manga magazine. 

     

    This exhibition was realized after Suzuki himself proposed the idea of exhibiting his books for the first time. At the press preview, Suzuki made a statement. “My dream was to collect all the books I’ve read over the past 70 years and display them in one room. Today, I’m so happy to stand in the middle of it. On one hand, I’m amazed by how much there is. On the other hand, I feel like there could always be more.”

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    From July 1 until September 7, the Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli Exhibition will be held at Warehouse Terrada in Shinagawa, Tokyo. The exhibition was first held in 2019 and is dedicated to Studio Ghibli’s co-founder and producer Toshio Suzuki. Following showings in Nagasaki and Kyoto, the event will come to Tokyo with bonus content including art and calligraphy by Suzuki himself.

     

     

    The theme of the exhibition this time is “Words that Inspired Toshio Suzuki”, with a new exhibit being a huge bookshelf with over 8,800 books and novels. Each of the books is believed to have influenced Suzuki in some way, so fans can gain a rare insight into what kinds of works shaped the producer’s way of thinking. The exhibit has the look and feel of Suzuki’s “hideout” spot Rengaya, where he broadcasts his radio series from.



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    During the announcement, the first video and key visual of the park was released, both created by Studio Ghibli. The tourism video highlights the appeal of Aichi Prefecture and features local tourist spots, encouraging those visiting the theme park to also spend some time touring the prefecture.

     



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    Which Ghibli film would you like to see brought to life at Ghibli Park?

     

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    Japan’s official Studio Ghibli store Donguri Kyowakoku and its online shop Sora no Ue are releasing two new folding fans and gauze handkerchiefs at the end of this month.

     

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    Spirited Away Folding Fan | ¥3,278 (Tax Included)

     

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    Spirited Away Handkerchief | ¥440 (Tax Included)

     

     

    The folding fans and handkerchiefs are inspired by the Studio Ghibli classics Spirited Away, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and My Neighbor Totoro. The former features a resplendent floral pattern along with familiar faces like No-Face, the Makkuro Kurosuke dust bunnies, and the Boh Mouse, as well as decorations reminiscent of the bath house from the movie. The latter is a relaxing dark purple with Totoro and his friends watching the dancing fireflies. The handkerchiefs feature the same respective designs. This collection is perfect for the arrival of summer, so if you can get your hands on them, don’t miss out.

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